Heartbeat Bill Fails in Ohio House
House Bill 248 (HB 248), commonly known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” was first introduced in the 2013-2014 session of the Ohio House in August of 2013. This is an extremely invasive bill that aimed to ban abortions in Ohio once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. The bill contained no exceptions for survivors of sexual violence or incest. While it claimed there was an exception to prevent the death or serious harm of the pregnant woman, it still subjected the woman and the physician performing the abortion to government unnecessary and intrusive scrutiny. It was sponsored by Reps. Christina Hagan (R., Alliance) and Lynn Wachtmann (R., Napoleon).
The bill was passed out of the House Health and Aging Committee in a party-line vote of 11 to 6 on November 20, 2014, during the lame duck session of the Ohio General Assembly. On December 10, 2014, HB 248 failed on the House floor. For more information, visit our legislative page.